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Gone Hollywood (2011/Image Entertainment DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Main Program: C+



Al (Fernando Carrillo) is a Hollywood star who is trying to relive his glory days, but since his big break things have been going downhill and all he had is a mountain of debt.  When his father passes away he finds himself that he is to inherit a fortune... on the condition he works in the family bar for 30 days.  He returns to his hometown where he reunites with his old friends and learns of all the things he's been missing in Demetrius Navarro’s Gone Hollywood (2011).


Al is down on his luck until he finds out he can sell his dad's bar and house for a small fortune, all he has to do is work in the bar for 30 days.  The town welcomes Al back almost like a hometown hero, but unfortunately for Al, all his admirers seem to be old ladies or children.  Then when the townsfolk discover Al's intentions, they don't want him to sell the town bar, the bar has been a place for Spanish/Latino community to come to each night, including chicken poop bingo, but in Al's rush to get back to Hollywood, in that 30 days he learns there is more life than fame and fortune, but there are family and friends and he even finds a bit of love.  Hollywood comes calling and wants him back and offers his own TV show, but will Al be tempted to leave or stay?


This is another story of a Hollywood star who is trying to decide which life to live, one life is filled with glamour and stardom, and the other is the quiet life of a quaint small town.  It paints Hollywood (while rich and famous) as an evil life which is fueled by greed and money, while the hometown life is filled with warmth and people who actually care.  Usually the main character starts out as rich, snobbish and spoiled but then has a change of heart when he/she is reminded of their grass roots and importance of family values.  This variation tries to work, but with limited success.


The anamorphically enhanced picture and lossy Dolby Digital sound are on the weak side and there are no extras.



-   Ricky Chiang


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